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Environmental Geology BSc

UCAS code F630
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length 3 years full time
Department Earth Sciences »

Environmental Geologists are at the forefront of research into some of the most significant threats facing humankind, from natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanoes to manmade issues such as climate change, pollution and resource depletion.

The BSc Environmental Geology is a highly practical programme that examines the extent and effects of human interaction with the environment, as well as the geological processes that have an impact on the wider world around us. A focus on problem solving will provide you with the practical skillset you need to make a real difference to the ways in which we interact with our planet. Participating in exciting fieldwork opportunities in the UK and overseas will develop your scientific understanding and hands-on experience of environmental, ecological and health issues.

Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London is one of the UK's most highly-regarded departments, consistently ranked among the top 10 (The Complete University Guide and The Guardian 2016). You’ll become a part of a friendly, community-focussed department with an excellent staff-to-student ratio and learn with staff who are at the forefront of geological research.

You’ll graduate with a range of transferrable skills to take into the workplace, including environmental investigation, stratigraphy and geochemistry skills.

Pursue your passion for Environmental Geography and set yourself on the path to a rewarding career in your chosen field.

  • Enjoy extensive fieldwork opportunities in the UK and Europe.
  • Gain a practical skillset geared towards a career in Earth Sciences and other related fields.
  • Benefit from a pioneering research culture, with 94% of Department of Earth Sciences research ranked world-leading or internationally excellent – no.2 in the UK.(Research Excellence Framework, 2014)

Core modules

Year 1

Global Tectonics

Introductory Sedimentology

Environmental Issues

Igneous and Metamorphic Geology

Physics and Chemistry of Earth

Earth Structures

Introductory Palaeontology

Geological Field Skills

Year 2

Stratigraphy and History of Life

Regional Geology

Geohazards

Geochemistry

Year 3

Advanced Concepts and Techniques in Geology

Aqueous Geology

Environmental Geology Project

Methods of Environmental Investigation

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Only core modules are taken

Year 2

Sedimentary Basin Analysis

Igenous and Metamorphic Geology

Applied Geophysics

Computational Earth Sciences

Structural Analysis and Remote Sensing

Field Methods in Geology

Year 3

Marine Geology

Advanced Topics in Sedimentology

GIS and Remote Sensing

Volcanology

Mineral Resources

Teaching and learning is mostly by means of practical classes, which comprise 60% of the timetabled study time. Lectures are used to introduce material and provide a context for private study. Tutorials supplement and reinforce knowledge and understanding. Field and laboratory project work carried out as individuals or in teams are valuable opportunities for students to develop in-depth knowledge of specialist areas and help to bring the syllabus to life.

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examination in varying proportions, depending on the chosen course units. Coursework can include literature research reports, fieldwork and laboratory exercises and reports, oral presentations and independent dissertations. In the final year you will produce an independent geological map and write a research report with individual guidance from your tutor.

Year 1 is foundational, and marks do not count towards your final degree. Year 2, optional year abroad and final year marks do count, with the final year marks being more heavily weighted in order to reward progress and achievement.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels

ABB-BBB

Required subject: a Science subject (one from Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology or Geography).

Required/preferred subjects

The offer given will take into consideration:

  • The educational context in which academic achievements have been gained.
  • Whether the Extended Project Qualification is being taken.

At least five GCSE passes at grade A*-C including English and Mathematics.

All applications will be subject to a selection interview, providing that minimum academic requirements are met.

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level, including 5 in a Science subject, with a minimum of 32 points overall.
BTEC Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a science subject. Substantial Maths content required.

BTEC National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction in a related subject, plus A2 grade B in a science subject.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Distinction plus A2 grades B, B, one of which must be a science subject.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

Scottish Advanced Highers

AB at Advanced Higher including B in a Science subject, in combination with Highers at the published level.

Scottish Highers

AABBB at Higher, in combination with Advanced Highers at the published level.

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3 including H3 in one Science subject.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Pass in a relevant subject with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit including minimum of 15 Level 3 credits in Science units at Distinction.

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall and minimum of 5.5 in each subscore.  For equivalencies please see here

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. Royal Holloway offers an International Foundation Programme and pre-sessional English language courses, allowing students to further develop their study skills and English language before starting their undergraduate degree.

The Department of Earth Sciences has a high graduate employment rate, with 90% of alumni in work or further education within six months of graduating. The Environmental Geology programme will provide you with a diverse practical skillset geared towards securing a career in Earth Sciences and other related fields, with many alumni finding work in sectors including mining geology, exploration geology, environmental consulting and map editing.

The Department retains excellent industry connections, with representatives regularly visiting the campus to provide careers opportunities for current students. All of our Earth Sciences programmes are accredited by the Geological Society, providing graduates with qualifications recognised and respected by employers in a variety of fields.

  • 90% of graduates in work or further education within six months of graduating.
  • Programme structure geared towards providing graduates with a robust practical skillset.
  • Jobs fairs, skills workshops and visits from industry representatives provide students with excellent career opportunities.

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600

Other essential costs***: £120

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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